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From: Karla Huebner <>
Subject: RE: RE: [TMG] Methods-Dates: How do you handle Unknown Dates?
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 09:40:23 -0500
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I too make a Birth-Est tag. I have a lot of early Norwegians for whom my
estimates may be totally off, but for more recent people the estimates are
probably not more than 20 years wrong.


At 05:47 PM 2/2/2005, you wrote:
>At 16:28 2/02/2005 -0600, Linda wrote:
>>Robin, that idea intrigues me. Do you allow it to be the primary birth
>>tag or do you force it to secondary status?
>I usually make it primary until I have better Primary data (but I don't
>delete it as it helps to review the way that you estimate such dates -
>from birth of their children or a record of a marriage). By making it
>primary the age column gives you more insight into that estimate and other
>events in that person's life.
>In fact, a more general concept that I use is "create a custom tag in the
>appropriate group for any additions that you make to your data to help
>your analysis". For example, I have many records of birth from the index
>of registrations at the UK PRO (now the UK National Archives). These only
>give the Quarter and District of registration, so I created a "Birth-Indx"
>tag in the Birth Group as a way of entering this data without it being
>confused with "real" birth data. It provides a "mark in the sand" that
>helps building the picture. So again I can filter for these when I want to
>understand what needs to be followed up.

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